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    Target announces Starbucks as coffee retailer for Canadian stores (Starbucks Newsroom)

    Loblaws launching loyalty program to coincide with Target entry (Globe and Mail)

    Zellers reviews options for outlets ‘left behind’ (Globe and Mail)

    Canadian malls are the Target of expansion(Montreal Gazette)

    Sobeys and Target: a winning combination (Financial Post)

    Target’s rejected sites in high demand by rival retailers (Globe & Mail)

    Walmart, Canadian Tire in Target's crosshairs (Financial Post)

    What we can expect: Tony Fisher talks about Target Canada (Financial Post)

    Target’s Canadian foray hits cost hurdle (Globe & Mail)

    Announcement of which Zellers are to convert coming by end of May? CTV

    "Death of Canadian retail greatly exaggerated" Rona CEO (Financial Post

    Impact on Canadian Tire (Financial Post)

    Canadian Retail Industry Viewpoints (Profit Magazine)







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    Staples Store Closures

    Today Staples Canada announced the closure of 15 stores (source: Globe and Mail)

    Although Staples has not released a list of the 15 stores which were closed, we have compared the Staples Canada store list from January 5, 2014 to the stores listed on the Staples Canada website today. We have noted the following 20 stores are no longer on the Staples Canada website and can be assumed to have been closed this year. 


    Staples Store No Address City
    6 1250 Steeles Avenue East Brampton
    13 185 Bunting Road  St. Catharines
    24 3055, boulevard Le Carrefour Laval
    28 1936 McCowan Rd Scarborough
    33 2444 Barton Street East Hamilton
    35 6555, boulevard Taschereau Brossard
    44 1615 Dundas St. East Whitby
    83 150 Gateway Park Drive Kitchener
    175 4711 Steeles Ave East Scarborough
    213 10651, boulevard Pie-IX Montréal-Nord
    214 5095 Yonge Street Unit 3 (Empress Walk) North York
    216 4561 Kingsway Ave. Burnaby
    294 1821 Robertson Rd. Nepean
    313 747 Fort Street Ste No. 100 Victoria
    319 1154 Chemong Rd. Unit N3 Peterborough
    327 300-3021 Louie Drive, Westbank
    329 45 West Side Road, St#4 Port Colborne
    331 70 Joseph St. Unit 200 Parry Sound
    425 30 Plaza Avenue, Unit 8 West Saint John
    449 1026 Manitoba Avenue Selkirk

    Mississauga warehouse retailer XS Cargo to close its 50 stores across Canada after failed bid to restructure

    Another warehouse retailer has crumbled in the face of competition from big-box discount rivals.

    XS Cargo Co. of Mississauga, Ont. began its final liquidation sale over the weekend and will close its 50 stores in eight provinces across Canada after making a failed bid to restructure this summer.

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    Hudson’s Bay to open first Saks in Canada in spring, 2016 

    Hudson’s Bay Co. will open its first U.S. luxury Saks Fifth Avenue and sister discount Off Fifth stores in Canada in the spring of 2016, adding to an increasingly crowded high-end retail market.

    Saks’s plans, following HBC’s acquisition of the U.S. chain last fall, come as upscale American rival Nordstrom Inc. is launching its first store in this country on September 19 at Calgary’s Chinook Centre, with up to nine more slated in the next several years. At the same time, Canadian incumbents such as Holt Renfrew & Co. are girding for the added competition, investing in bolstering their own operations.


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    Williams-Sonoma Plunges as Forecast Trails Analyst Estimates

    Williams-Sonoma Inc. (WSM), the San Francisco-based seller of cookware and home furnishings, plunged the most in 31 months after its third-quarter forecast missed analysts’ estimates.

    Earnings will be 58 cents to 63 cents a share, the company said yesterday in a statement. Analysts had estimated 66 cents on average, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

    The forecast raised concerns that Williams-Sonoma isn’t coping with a broader retail slump as well as expected. The company’s same-store sales had exceeded projections in the first quarter, benefiting from a rising housing market. In the most recent period, they grew 5.7 percent, missing the Consensus Metrix estimate of 6.2 percent.


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